Couple of months ago, I did see the book named ‘A Promise is a Promise’ written by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer - I was buying his another book ‘Excuses Begone!’. After reading ‘Excuses Begone’ and watching his feature film ‘The Shift’, I couldn’t stop buying the book ‘A Promise is a Promise’.
Let me clarify, this is not a book review. This note is to tell about a story of uncondtional love. If you loved Anne Frank, you would also love Edwarda O’Bara.
See an excerpt from the website www.edwardaobara.com - “Edwarda O’Bara was a vivacious sixteen-year-old and a mild diabetic. During the early morning hours of January 3rd, 1970, Edwarda woke up shaking and in great pain because the oral form of insulin she had been taking wasn’t reaching her blood stream. Edwarda was rushed to the hospital emergency room and as she lay in her hospital bed sliding in and out of consciousness she turned to her mother Kaye and said, “Promise you won’t leave me, will you, Mommy?” Kaye looked at her frightened daughter and said, “Of course not, I would never leave you, darling, I promise. And a promise is a promise!” Those were the last words that were exchanged before Edwarda quietly slipped into a diabetic coma”
The website continued…. “For the past 39 years, Edwarda has lived her life in a coma, and Kaye has lived her promise of never leaving her daughter’s side. Kaye has kept a vigil at Edwarda’s bedside, caring for her every two hours, twenty-four hours a day, for the past 38 years! She has maintained this grueling pace and during these 38 years has not slept for more than 90 minutes at a time. As a devoted mother, Kaye chose not to institutionalize Edwarda, but rather to care for her at home and assume the tremendous financial burden that accompanies personally caring for a comatose child“
Can you just imagine the situation? 39 years!! This indeed is a story of inspiration. You should read the full story eaither in the book ‘A Promise is a Promise’ or the website.
The website continued… “Unfortunately, Kaye passed away March 7th 2008 and now her younger daughter Colleen cares for her sister Edwarda till she wakes up. HOPE NEVER DIES”
Only death could have stopped the loving mother from keeping her promise. I hope the message which Dr. Wayne, Kaye and Edwarda gave to me this New Year is the best message I got, “to love unconditionally”.
Let me also convey my best regards to the Leadership Village children like Maneesha, Ramsheena and many others who have written beautiful blogs. We hope to see more like this… Let the new year be a year of inspiration, unconditional love and care.
In love and light,